Vacancy - Chief Executive

10 May 2022 Winnie Mulholland    Last updated: 18 May 2022

NICVA is seeking to appoint to this role following the announcement of the retirement of our current Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey.  

NICVA operates in a truly vibrant and diverse context, supporting, promoting and representing the issues of over 1200 members, to find innovative solutions for social challenges and advance the interests of people and communities. 

NICVA has benefitted from strong and visible leadership and is highly regarded across the sector and with government stakeholders. Our organisation’s influence, impact and collaborative approach has built momentum and created strategic opportunities, post COVID between the sector and NICVA in our representative, leadership role.

The successful candidate will provide inspirational leadership across this highly impactful organisation, supporting the Executive Committee to set the strategic direction, shape policy and be accountable for the efficient delivery of services.  With the importance of maintaining an influential public voice, a crucial aspect of the role is the ability to engage with the voluntary and community sector, and to influence policy makers, while scanning the environment for emerging opportunities that align to NICVA’s core purpose.

The role requires at least three years’ senior management experience in either policy setting or service delivery focused role, with a track record of working collaboratively and leading effective partnerships.  You must have formal strategic planning experience, knowledge of the current and emerging issues within the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland along with exceptional engagement and influencing skills.

This is a most exciting opportunity to lead an organisation that has a critical role to play in society at a pivotal time. It offers a competitive remuneration package, but most importantly, the potential to make a lasting and transformational impact on the lives of many.

For further information including a Candidate Briefing Pack and application form please visit to download the information. Alternatively, if you would like to have a confidential discussion to explore your suitability, please contact Clarendon Executive on +44 28 9072 5750.

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 12 noon, Monday 30th May 2022.  


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